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Christmas Favorites 6 : Sleigh Ride

12 Dec

Giddy up, Giddy up, Let’s go !
Just look at that snow!

Dedicated to Marilyn and Garry over at Serendipity blog.
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Marilyn
is a big Roy and Dale fan and this version
of Sleigh Ride is special. It has a bonus song: Jingle Bells
plus Roy does some yodelling! Alright!

Ella! Very nice!

Bing

Jack knows how to do it 

This is sweet : 

Okay, I’m getting the spirit now !

Christmas Favorites 5 : Blue Christmas

11 Dec

Blue Christmas

Many people believe Blue Chrismas was first done by Elvis, but it was written by Billy Hayes and Jay W. Johnson and first recorded in 1948 by the great Country Crooner Doye O’Dell. (who nobody remembers anymore). There have been many renditions since including Elvis‘.

Somebody forgot to check his gun at the door.

Brenda Lee is another artist who did many great versions of Christmas Carols.
Her phrasing was always brilliant.

This ain’t bad at all …

Shocking how well this works:

Okay, Okay here’s Elvis:

Yeah … short and sweet.

Christmas Favorites 4 : O Little Town of Bethlehem

10 Dec

Christmas in Coutts

When I was a kid the annual School Christmas Pageant was a staple of Canadian culture. Thus it was in the small town of Coutts in 1958 (?) on the Alberta / Montana border. I was in Grade 4.
Some poor teacher had been assigned to teach all us kids to sing some Christmas Carols. I can imagine that was no easy task.
Yet, over all years I only recall two Christmas Pageants that I was in. The other was in Michichi, Alberta, a very small farm township on the Prairie.
In Coutts, I played a shepherd in our re-enactment of the Nativity. I wore an old purple robe that passed as shepherd getup. Luckily there was no sheep involved so my duties were light.
My pal Bryce Tolley sang O Little Town of Bethlehem. He had a great voice.

All was well.

O Little Town of Bethlehem

The text was written by Phillips Brooks (1835–1893), an Episcopal priest, then rector of Church of the Holy Trinity, Philadelphia and later of Trinity Church, Boston. He was inspired by visiting the village of Bethlehem in the Sanjak of Jerusalem in 1865. Three years later, he wrote the poem for his church, and his organist Lewis Redner (1831-1908) added the music.

If there’s anything Barbra can’t sing beautifully I haven’t found it.

Pat Boone does a nice version. Yeah, he could sing pretty good.

A softer reverence …

Many great versions …
I give you just three.

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